House Plan of the Month: Lowcountry Cottage
Dreaming of building the quintessential, Lowcountry-style cottage? We've got the plan waiting for you, along with over 1,200 others waiting to be built.
The Plan: The Seabrook, Plan 1706 The Details: 4,209 square feet; 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths The Price: from $2,060 The Architect: South Carolina native, architect Bruce Eason of New South Classics in Greenville, vacations on the Carolina coast. Inspired by the historic homes shaded by ancient live oaks with moss-draped branches, he created the design for this Lowcountry cottage.
“My family history is rooted deep in the Charleston area, so that region naturally has an appeal for me as an architect,” says Bruce. “It just seemed appropriate to create a home design that represents this region and its historic architectural traditions. And while this house honors our region’s storied past, it is also designed for today’s lifestyles.”
The Inspiration: Named for a Lowcountry barrier island off the Carolina coast, the plan was inspired by the island's vernacular architecture, colors, textures, and materials of Charleston and the surrounding islands. “The terra-cotta-colored, standing-seam metal roof, white columns, deep brown Charleston brick, and light tan stucco have been favorites for generations,” says Bruce.
Storm proof: The Seabrook was designed to withstand the forces of water and wind in coastal areas. The elevated main floor addresses issues related to flooding while providing plenty of space for automobiles, boats, and storage below.
Southern Style: A generous front porch with generous wards off the midday sun. It’s a throwback to another era when outdoor rooms offered an escape from the heat of the Lowcountry. Tall nine-over-nine casement windows with ‘Charleston green’ shutters flank the front door. Abundant windows traditionally allowed for interior ventilation, fabulous views, and natural light. These elements are carried throughout the house, providing an open, airy feel and a tie to the past.
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